ID please

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: ID please
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 04:40:04 +0000
many thanks, I didn’t know about the toes .

So,  not a common visitor then ?

I will keep an eye out for a better shot ..

Denise Kay
Flying Fox Coordinator
ACT Wildlife

On 11 Dec 2019, at 2:59 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

My immediate thought also was Black-eared Cuckoo (an adult, not a juvenile). The first photo should be enlargable on your screen and if clear enough, you should be able to see if it has two toes directed backwards. That alone would prove if it is a cuckoo. And if it does, it certainly is a cuckoo and not a honeyeater, nor any kind of passerine.
From: Marnix Zwankhuizen  
Sent: Wednesday, 11 December, 2019 1:51 PM
To: Denise Kay; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID please
The colour, size and length suggest a black eared cuckoo rather than one of the bronze cuckoos. Likely a drought refugee.

From: Denise Kay <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:48 pm
To: Marnix Zwankhuizen; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] ID please 
It is in Giralang , I back onto to Ginninderra creek. 
I originally thought it was the white plumed or yellow faced honeyeater as it is the same size .
I think it is still around I will try and get a better shot.
here is another one of the tail 
Denise Kay
Flying Fox Coordinator
ACT Wildlife

On 11 Dec 2019, at 1:05 pm, Marnix Zwankhuizen <> wrote:
Hi Denise,
It looks like it could be a black-eared cuckoo.
Where did you see it?

From: Denise Kay <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:35 pm
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] ID please 
I have checked all my books , it must be juvenile something. Disappeared before i could get a really detailed shot .Giralang  
Denise Kay

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